Rogue Scientists Tentatively Give the Sausage Diet the All Clear

By Gary Cutlack on at

A reanalysis of existing data covering the troughing of red meat says the benefits of cutting it out are extremely wafer thin, so much so that the demonisation of all things meaty and processed has perhaps gone way too far.

The report, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says our current thinking on the perils of both processed and unprocessed red meat eating is based on weak and "low-certainty evidence" that is perhaps guilty of confounding vague observational data with solid results, and that your average relatively healthy modern person should not therefore worry one jot about having red meat a few times a week.

The conclusion is that the many meat-shaming health scares of recent years are guilty of overly talking up the "...very small magnitude of the absolute adverse effects" one might experience from an entire lifetime of meat eating, so while we lack any higher-certainty evidence it's probably best to forget about it and carry on doing what you do. Because switching diet on a whim can trigger other problems and stresses and who knows, maybe they'll tell us bananas and tomatoes are killing us in a decade or two anyway? [Annals of Internal Medicine via BBC]